Posted by BC on May 8th, 2008
While sitting at my favorite coffee shop, using the high speed WiFi, I noticed that the barista had the movie ET on the big screen TV. Of all of the historic events, like the first space flight, landing on the Moon, and living in orbit that have been accomplished, humans continue to dream of future possibilities. Movies are entertaining, but they also provide us with a little foresight.
Although we may not see ETs any time soon, we have done some of what was, several years ago, only in movies about the future. Look at Flash Gordon, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. Human space flight is a reality, as is living in space and traveling the depths of the ocean.
The movie 2001:A Space Odyssey came out in 1968. It will have its 40 year anniversary soon. You can see comparisons between the movie and the real thing at the NASA link.